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Monday, 17 June 2024 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel Images for 17 June 2024
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Chili sauce again
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

Huevos rancheros for breakfast today, and again I had no chili sauce. Made another batch of the Gochujang-based chili sauce that I made on 28 April. Somehow the amount of sesame oil (50 g for 100 g gochujang) seemed excessive, so I reduced it to 10 g. And I forgot the vinegar, which didn't seem to do any harm.


Glasses and vaccinations
Topic: health Link here

My new phone arrived today, so planned a journey into town, incorporating the vaccinations (COVID-19 and flu) that Yvonne had been nagging me about for a while.

Oh. Health First, my GP, don't do walk-in vaccinations. I could get an appointment at 16:00, but that didn't suit me. Mañana.

So into town, first to the Ballarat Indian grocery in Dana Street. All I wanted was a particular kind of beans. Do they have them? Probably. But to find out I would have to park, and that costs money. The beans aren't that urgent, so I put it off until I really needed them.

Then to Specsavers to have my glasses adjusted, which was remarkably simple. On to UFS to see if they could vaccinate me. No, COVID is only Tuesdays and Thursday. Oh, alright, you'll have to wait 12 minutes. “Appointment” at 15:00. Just enough time to go across the road to ALDI to buy a SIM card for my old phone (the old one goes into the new phone). Back just in time, to receive an SMS:

Hi GREGORY LEHEY, Booking confirmed for 17/06/2024 03:50 PM COVID-19 Pfizer (UN7ZU7) @ Sebastopol UFS Pharmacy. Save time by answering questions before appt https://www.medadvisor.com.au/booking/prescreen/U...

15:50? Ha ha, only joking. I was seen to almost immediately, and I was out by 15:07.


New mobile phone
Topic: technology, general, opinion Link here

The real reason for today's journey was to pick up my new Xiaomi Redmi Note 13. Back home with it and set it up with relatively little difficulty, though it took quite a while.

First observation: it was cheaper because it was white (and thus the name albo.lemis.com). But the protective cover is opaque and anthracite black. Only a little bit round the lenses shows the natural colour.

And though it copied a lot of stuff across, it didn't copy everything. A number of apps weren't copied, and random things like my ring time didn't make it either. And the home screen is a complete mess. I'm reminded of my eternal migration from eureka to hydra. Still, it wasn't too painful—yet.

And then registering the new SIM card for the old phone. Why? I won't be able to make calls after the end of August. But the phone can do LTE, so hopefully mobile data will work. ALDI says

And it's as simple as....
  1. Activate your plan.

I have had different experiences, and once again I was right. Please supply your driving license numbers, both of them, along with a diagram showing that there was only one number. Put the same number in both fields, which satisfied the entry criteria, but

We’ve been unable to verify your identity electronically.

So I had to provide my credit card number, after which they were satisfied. And within only hours, the number was activated. And making calls from the phone now no longer claims that it will stop working at the end of August!


Tuesday, 18 June 2024 Dereel Images for 18 June 2024
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Under the weather
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I don't react strongly, but on the day after a COVID-19 vaccination I somehow feel less than active, and today I did very little.


Flowers in late winter
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It hasn't been warm lately—the weather forecasters speak of the coldest snap in years—but various flowers are still coming, notably this Dutch Iris:


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The Abutilons next to it are also preparing for a large show of flowers:


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More fun with albo
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Spent a lot of time playing around with albo.lemis.com, my new Xiaomi Redmi Note 13. Copying things from hirse was only partial: yes, it seems that most apps got installed, and some of them also retained the configuration information. But only some of them; others required reconfiguration.

One of the apps that I knew I would have to install myself was the Mendhak GPS logger, which also require installing F-Droid. That was strange: F-Droid spent a considerable amount of time building up a repository, not saying that it hadn't completed, and until it was, I couldn't find the GPS logger. But when it was installed, it included all its configuration information! So there's something very strange going on there when normal apps lose their configuration and non-sanctioned apps keep theirs.

That was also the case with the home screen. It was completely different from the one on hirse, reminding me of the issues I had changing the window managers from eureka to hydra. I gradually managed to get it to look similar, though it seems to be too polite to fill the screen. And setting the icon size shows the stupidity of primarily graphic displays: on hydra it's in Settings/Home Screen. But that's too obvious: on albo it's Under Settings/Wallpaper & personalization/Icons. Obvious, right?


Fray Bentos steak and kidney
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What does a real Steak and kidney pie taste like? Last week ALDI had one on sale, from Fray Bentos, a company I know but don't overly respect from the UK.

Still, it didn't look bad, so it was worth trying. It's in a metal can, and it's designed to be baked. The result, after 24 minutes at 180° in the “hair dryer” “air fryer”, didn't look bad:


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But there were tell-tale signs on the edge:


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And getting the pie out of the metal container was a catastrophe:


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It didn't taste that bad, though Yvonne thought that there was too much pastry and not enough filling. We won't buy it again, but it was interesting. Considerably moister than our own.


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